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Tyne class lifeboats serve the shores of the UK as a part of the RNLI fleet. They are named after the River Tyne in north-east England. The class was introduced in 1982, and the last boat was built in 1990.
The unusual design of this lifeboat derives from the requirement to deploy from slipway stations built for previous generations of lifeboats, with limited clearance. The Tyne also lies afloat at stations where the approaches, or operating areas, are particularly shallow.